I'm happy with the progress this week. The roof is almost finished. It's definitely not the easiest place to work! The first few days being on the roof was tricky. You can't just stand or walk anywhere as the metal is quite thin. So plenty of awkward positions for extended periods of time - kind of a weird "van yoga." The last couple of days it has been: up the ladder, down the ladder, secure the ladder, unsecured the ladder, move the ladder(s), vacuum, vacuum again... All of the roof holes are finished and filled with the fans, wires, and vent. The solar panels are placed and screwed down and the cell phone booster installed. I tested things today and panels are generating the correct 60 volts and my cell signal went from one bar to three (yay!) The deck boards have been fitted and cut, predrilled, and stained; they will be ready for mounting tomorrow. Besides all of the cleaning up of the metal bits on the roof, the only remaining thing is to zip tie the wires to the beams and the roof will be finished. Then I have to spend some serious time on the other side of the van - moving from the roof to underneath! I have to build models of the tanks for underneath and get those ordered.
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.